Rheumatoid arthritis may increase the risk of dying from the Coronavirus

Researchers in New Zealand and Australia conducted a study showing that people with rheumatoid arthritis may be at increased risk of death if they contract coronavirus disease.The team used data from the UK Biobank to assess whether the more common inflammatory arthropathy gout and rheumatoid arthritis were risk factors. To be diagnosed with illness or death due to it.

In a population-based analysis of more than 470,000 people, neither case was associated with an increased risk of being diagnosed with coronavirus.

However, rheumatoid arthritis, not gout, was associated with an increased risk of death from the disease, after adjusting for comorbidities and other risk factors according to study results published on the preprint site. medRxiv * While the article is subject to peer review.

Concerns about gout and corona risks

Gout occurs as a result of an over-reactive innate immune response to monosodium urate crystals in the joints, in theory, this could lead to an increased immune response to infection with the Coronavirus, the agent that causes corona.

Gout is also closely related to diseases associated with cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and kidney disease, all of which are known risk factors for corona-related death.Rheumatoid arthritis is also associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease..

What did the study find?

No association between gout or rheumatoid arthritis and a diagnosis of Corona was identified in the population, and neither case was associated with death among the individuals diagnosed..

However, rheumatoid arthritis was associated with a 1.8 times greater risk of death in the population group, on the other hand, gout was not associated with any increased risk of death in this group.

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